Mauritian scuba diving business owner hopes government has learned from Wakashio oil spill

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Daveena Aubeeluch Bualuck and her husband were part of the cleanup initiative in August 2020, as volunteers rushed to pick up leaking oil from the ship and contain its spread in the ocean.

FILE: This aerial photo taken August 16, 2020 shows the bulk carrier ‘MV Wakashio’ which ran aground and broke into two parts near Blue Bay Marine Park, Mauritius. Photo: AFP

MAURITIUS – South African matrics on an expedition to learn about environmental sustainability have witnessed the impact of an ecological disaster in Mauritius.

The visit to the East African island is part of the Matrics in Antarctica initiative, which they will visit later this year.

In 2020, Mauritius was hit by a massive oil spill, when the MV Wakashio – a bulk carrier – ran aground and spilled a thousand tonnes of fuel oil into the Indian Ocean.

The matrix learners were taken to the area where the oil spill occurred.

They also met Daveena Aubeeluch Bualuck and her husband, who run a scuba diving business at Preskil Island Resort.

They were part of the cleanup initiative in August 2020, as volunteers rushed to collect the oil that had leaked from the ship and contain its spread in the ocean.

Aubeeeluch Bauluck hopes the Mauritian government has learned from the disaster.

“This is something that has never happened, so at the time we did not have the resources to deal with this problem. Today the government has set up a special committee in case of oil spill disaster. We now have an international company settling in Mauritius to help in case something else happens,” Bauluck said.

In December, the BBC reported that the captain and first officer had been sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to endangering the safety of shipping.

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